The Merseyside club have come out to debunked claims that they were prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho on Spain’s transfer deadline day for €200m (£183m).
Barcelona had three bids rejected by Liverpool for the Brazilian and Liverpool had repeatedly stood firm about thier player stressing that he was not for sale at any price.
The 25-year-old earlier handed in a transfer request and was not involved in training with his team-mates, saying back injury was the reason, but the Catalan Gaints continued to express their optimism that a deal could be done.
Barcelona did not say who they spoke to, or where, and sources say that they did attempt to make direct contact with Liverpool’s owner, FSG, on Friday (Spain’s transfer window closed a day after that of the Premier League). However, that approach was knocked back.
Liverpool insist that their position never changed: Coutinho was not for sale for any price at any time, right to the end of the window. The Anfield club maintain that no valuation nor opportunity was offered and that Barcelona were repeatedly made aware throughout the summer that they would not sell.